What is a Hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure for partially or wholly removing the uterus. Because the surgery removes a woman’s reproductive organs, other treatment options are tried often tried before the surgery is recommended. The exception is cancer or pre-cancer changes which may be best treated via a hysterectomy.
Gynecologists recommend hysterectomies to address conditions that are not effectively treated by way of more conservative measures. Dr. Imtiaz may recommend a hysterectomy to treat:
- Ovarian, cervical or uterine cancer (typically the first course of treatment)
- Adenomyosis, a condition that causes an abnormal growth of uterine lining leading to pain or bleeding
- Uterine prolapse
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Chronic pelvic pain
Why is a Hysterectomy Recommended?
Dr. Imtiaz recommends a hysterectomy to treat conditions that are not responsive to more conservative measures. Her professional judgment and expertise in women’s health guides her patient care. She may recommend one of the following types of hysterectomies:
- Partial hysterectomy to remove only the uterus
- Total hysterectomy to remove the uterus and cervix
- Total hysterectomy, plus removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries
How is a Hysterectomy Performed?
Hysterectomies are performed using a variety of techniques to meet the individual needs of the patient.
For a vaginal hysterectomy, the uterus is removed through the vagina. The technique causes less tissue trauma and does not have any visible incisions. As a result, patients who undergo vaginal hysterectomies have shorter healing times when compared to women who have abdominal hysterectomies.
Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy
Minimally invasive hysterectomies are typically recommended for women who are concerned with having scars related to an abdominal hysterectomy. For the procedure, Dr. Imtiaz uses small incisions to insert special tools. The tools allow her to remove the uterus through the incisions without having to open the abdominal cavity.
A robotic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that utilizes robotic equipment to:
- Have a magnified view of the internal tissues and anatomical structures
- Enhance control and precision during the surgery
- Allow for flexibility in the surgical plan based on concerns that are identified during the procedure
Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
A laparoscope is a flexible tube that is equipped with a light and camera. The device is used to view the internal organs and guide Dr. Imtiaz during the hysterectomy. For a total laparoscopic hysterectomy, she feeds the laparoscope through small incisions. Surgical tools are placed through the other incisions allowing Dr. Imtiaz to remove the uterus and cervix often through the vagina.
Laparoscopic Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy
During a laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy, Dr. Imtiaz uses a laparoscope to view the inside of the uterus and other related organs. Depending on the extent of the surgery, she will remove the uterus, cervix, and fallopian tubes through the vagina.
Hysterectomy surgery is considered an extensive procedure, so you should plan to stay overnight after the surgery. You will need to make arrangements for someone to monitor you at home for the first two to four days and will need to modify your activities for two to four weeks. For the first few days, you may need help with eating, using the bathroom, care of your incisions and performing routine household tasks.
Depending on the type and extent of your hysterectomy, healing can take from two to six weeks or longer. Dr. Imtiaz will recommend light activities after an initial healing period. You will need to avoid strenuous exercise and sex for at least six weeks.
How Much Does a Hysterectomy Cost in Houston?
Hysterectomy surgery is considered medically necessary, so the surgery should be covered under your insurance. You will be responsible for a portion of the cost, such as a co-payment, deductible, and co-insurance. We accept payment by cash, major credit cards and CareCredit® financing.
Is a Hysterectomy Right for Me?
Hysterectomies are the last option for treating issues with your reproductive system. Dr. Imtiaz will recommend a hysterectomy if other treatments do not produce the desired result or if removing the uterus and other organs are the only viable option.
A hysterectomy represents a significant change in a woman’s life, and you want to feel confident that you are making the best and healthiest choice. If you want to find out if you need a hysterectomy or would like a second opinion, contact us to schedule a consultation appointment.
Women who undergo hysterectomy surgery need a surgeon who is experienced and compassionate. Board-certified (gynecological) surgeon, Dr. Farhina Imtiaz of North Cypress Women’s Center is respected by her peers and patients for her surgical expertise, as well as her approach to care for women in Houston and the surrounding areas of Texas, including Cypress, Sugarland, and Katy.